7 – One more week!

December 18, 2010 § 14 Comments

Done!

One quilt done! And one rotten pumpkin that needs to be thrown out!  Only 2 more quilts, a table topper, and a forest of Yo Yo trees that I would like to finish before Christmas.

a Thank You quilt

This one is for the neighbors that routinely watch our pets when we are gone. They are awesome neighbors, even feeding the cats on a moment’s notice.  This quilt was based on the Tropical Frothy Quilt by Liza Prior Lucy in the book Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in the Sun.  Almost entirely from my stash, I made everything a slightly different size based on my smallest piece of stash fabric.  I think the final measurements were somewhere around 61″ or 62″ square. The quilt in the book finishes at 65″ x 78″.

loopy quilting

Lots of loopy quilting… the fastest and easiest way for me to finish a quilt.

8 – German Pyramid

December 17, 2010 § 5 Comments

Spinning

Christmas Pyramid

In 1998/1999 my husband had to work in Germany between Christmas & New Year.  While he was working I went shopping and sightseeing.  One day I took the train to Nurnberg, wandered the National Museum and did some after Christmas shopping. I picked up this Christmas Pyramid and few decorations for the tree.  This is one of my favorite Christmas decorations.  And the Museum was amazing. I think I enjoyed it more than the Louvre. And the Louvre is pretty fantastic.

9 – Wish Lists

December 16, 2010 § 1 Comment

This year my hubby and I decided to only exchange small gift items that would fit in our stockings. I wish we could hang our stockings “by the chimney with care”, but we haven’t gotten around to installing some sort of mantel on the fireplace yet.  Here are a few things on my wish list. What’s on yours?

Divine Twine – in Cherry, Green Apple or Oyster

Mustache Clips – I don’t know what it is about mustaches lately.  Maybe it has something to do The Vintage Barn antique show my sis-in-law and I went to last summer?

Smartwool Socks (Snowflake or Jovian Stripe) – I have some other Smartwool socks and I love them!  I also love to wear hand knit wool socks in the winter. I lay the hand knit socks flat to dry and sometimes there are more socks that need washing than places to let them dry.

iPod Touch – And something that might fit in our stockings, but not necessarily in the inexpensive category.  Greedy, aren’t I?

10 – Twinkle Toes

December 15, 2010 § 6 Comments

Snowflakes

Even my toes got some Holiday Cheer.

11 – Going Gluten Free

December 14, 2010 § 2 Comments

photo curtesy of About.com

A couple of years ago my mom found out that she is intolerant to gluten. While there is so much more today for folks who need to eat gluten free, it’s still a challenge to find good tasting gluten free products.  Gluten is the ingredient in wheat flour that makes bread dough strong so that it rises tall and fluffy. Take away the gluten and so much of the gluten free bread is flat and tasteless.  So this post is for my mom.

The other day we were talking about making gluten free scones and rosettes.  Rosettes were one of our traditional Christmas treats that we made every year when I was growing up.  So I cruised around the Internet and here is what I found. I haven’t tried any of these recipes, but the photos look pretty good.  If anybody makes any of these recipes, let me know what you think!

Gluten Free Rosettes from About.com

Gluten Free Christmas Treats from Gluten Free Gobsmacked

Gluten Free Cranberry Scones from Gratinée

Crumble Resistant Gluten Free Scones from Cooking Gluten Free

Nearly Normal Gluten Free Scones from The Washington Post

Gluten Free Cheddar Cheese Scones from Gluten Free Bread World

12 – Hallelujah Flash Mob

December 13, 2010 § 7 Comments

We were there! Watching & listening. But you can’t see us because we were on the other side of the down escalator.  My old roommate (from post-college & pre-hubby days) and her husband are singing with Seattle Symphony Choir.  It was amazing!

13 – There’s still time to bake more cookies!

December 12, 2010 § 3 Comments

If you are looking for some good Christmas cookie ideas, just head on over to Pleasant Home.  Jodi has organized a Cookie Exchange.  There are some amazingly yummy looking cookies!  If you can’t find me, I may be lost amongst all those cookie recipe links!  And if your jeans are fitting a little tighter after Christmas, don’t blame me.

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